The Team

Dr David Dean

David is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist with over 25 years’ experience of working in the NHS. David currently leads a multidisciplinary inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit and has a particular interest in the application of models of resilience and compassion to help patients and their families cope with the consequences of brain injury.

Until recently, David was also the Clinical and Admissions Tutor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Oxford University, a role which included individual trainee development, responsibility for admissions procedures, teaching/training, supervision and research. Whilst at Oxford, David developed and delivered training programmes to build resilience in groups of frontline NHS staff.

David began his qualified career working mainly in the field of learning disability. During this time, he worked extensively with people whose behaviour challenged services and provided consultancy, training and support to staff teams and service providers. David has an undergraduate degree in Sociology with Psychology from the University of Bath and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Bangor University.

peter king

Peter is an Arabic-speaking independent consultant who has been investigating the exploitation of the internet by jihadist groups and their supporters for over 15 years. In 2004, he pioneered the systematic research and analysis of online jihadist media for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and went on to lead a dedicated team of experts in the field at the BBC.

As the manager of BBC Monitoring’s Jihadist Media Team from 2013-17, Peter developed resilience interventions to help the team deal with a huge increase in the impact of media output produced by Islamic State group (IS). Specifically, he introduced monthly team support sessions providing a forum for discussing potentially distressing content they had been exposed to.

Peter has written about building resilience for terrorism researchers for the blog of the EU-funded VOX-Pol research network and presented on the subject at a workshop on the ethics of terrorism research at Swansea University.

Peter began his career as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency in the Middle East, based in Jordan and Egypt. He has an undergraduate degree in Arabic from the University of Oxford.